In August of 2010 I was in the greatest shape of my entire life. There is no question that this single box jump that my then boss, Benj Miller, captured in this video is my greatest athletic achievement.
I have run a marathon, a half Iron Man, several 1/2 marathons, and countless 10k and 5k races, but this box jump is what I’m most proud of. It was the culmination of months and months of hard work.
I know it sounds silly, but those boxes were a full 40 inches off the floor. After this video cuts out, Benj told me he was worried I wasn’t going to make the jump.
The thing is, I wasn’t worried, but only because I didn’t know any better. If I thought Benj was worried, I would have been worried. As far as I knew he thought I could do it, and that was enough for me.
The reason I consider this my greatest athletic achievement is because it was the first time in my entire life someone called me an athlete. Listen really carefully and you’ll hear the trainer say, “That’s an athlete, right there.”
I don’t care how many races I run, I will never forget that. Your words have power, especially your compliments. Don’t keep them inside. Tell people when they do something awesome. It might change the way they view themselves.